Fonderie Valdesane: 50 years of specialization in made to measure products

2011-09-01 | Anniversary

Fifty years of history. This is the first thing that springs to mind when speaking about Fonderie Valdelsane. And speaking to Roberto Gerbi, President of the Board of Directors and second generation of the founders of Fonderie Valdelsane, it is clear that the traditions of investments and developments are strong. Founded in 1961 by three partners: Gerbi, Cioni and Fusi, the company started its activities in the sector dedicated to special metals and has, since then, continued to develop and expand to become the foundry that it now is. With the second and third generations of two of the original families of the founders now in the company – Gerbi and Cioni – Fonderie Valdelsane is continuing to invest, expand and develop in its speciality – foundry materials in cast iron and bronze for glassmaking moulds.

Fonderie Valdesane: 50 years of specialization in made to measure products
THE COMPANY - THEN AND NOW
With its 50 years of history, Fonderie Valdelsane, based in the traditional glassmaking area of Italy – Tuscany – is proud of its origins. Founded as a family-run company with three partners: Gerbi, Cioni and Fasi, the company still remains so with with second and third generations of two of the three founding families – Gerbi and Cioni – still running the company now. Development and investments were and are a strong commitment of the company and its owners, which has, over the years, moved more and more on to automation and technology to improve its production, of course, but also to make the workplace a better environment for its workers. This is clear to see if we consider that many of the personnel at the company remain there for most of their working life.
Company production is based on the two metals used in glassmaking moulds. The diverse types of metals are chosen depending, not only on the end product with respect to quality and working life of the moulds, but also on the process that the same materials and moulds must undergo. Of course, the choice also depends greatly on the quality, quantity and speed of bottles to be manufactured since cast iron does not enable to reach the extreme seeds that can be reached with bronze, since the heat conduction of the latter is certainly higher than the former. And this is why cast iron makesup for 90 per cent of Fonderie Valdelsane’s present production, but future ideas are to concentrate more ...

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